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February 1, 2017 | 10:51am ET
Hawks GM isn't expecting to make trade
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The Chicago Blackhawks are not expecting to make the same kinds of moves they made last season, with the trade deadline one month away.

Last season, prior to the deadline, the Blackhawks completed multiple moves, acquiring forwards Andrew Ladd, Tomas Fleischmann and Dale Weise, and giving up multiple young players and high draft picks.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman isn't considering that path this season.

"We'll see. Things change quickly," Bowman told Sun-Times beat reporter Mark Lazerus. "But as we look at it today, I'm not expecting a big addition like that."

In fact, Bowman added, "I'm not expecting to make a deal this year, unlike previous years."

While Bowman isn't anticipating a move, as of today, that doesn't mean he hasn't been exploring the marketplace.

The Blackhawks, according to the Sun-Times, have inquired about Detroit Red Wings forwards Tomar Tatar and Gustav Nyquist, while Arizona Coyotes right wing Radim Vrbata has also been on Chicago's radar, sources told TFP.

If the right deal doesn't present itself, though, Bowman will stand pat and work with what he has.

"I've said this from the beginning of the year, and I mean it: We have a different dynamic this year because we have a lot more young players that have been with our team this year from the beginning," Bowman told the paper. "Established players, they don't typically get better as the year goes on. They're at their level, and they maintain it. If anything, they drop off due to injury or fatigue or whatnot. But we've got a different dynamic at play. We've already seen it with a few of them. They're better now than they were in October."

The salary cap has also been a roadblock for the Blackhawks and any major move would likely result in a second that would shed salary and even out the books.

 
 
 

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